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9 Key Trend Pieces to Style with Your Skinny Jeans

by Chloe Wilshere, Content Creator

Skinny jeans are a cult classic that every woman needs (more than one pair of) in her wardrobe. Thanks to their high waist and flattering fit, they’re a style that’s stood the test of time. Where we often see denim trends come and go each year, there’s never a time where a classic skinny jean isn’t on trend, they’re a timeless fitthat we’re sure to love forever.

The skinny jean is the perfect year-rounder, there’s never a time where a skinny jean and nice top can’t come to save the day. Not to mention the fact that they also suit everyone, no matter your age.

​​​​​​​A classic skinny is also an essential throw-on-and-go style which makes it a key player in anyone’s everyday wardrobe. The skinny jean is timeless for a reason, it is one of the easiest denim shapes to style, with minimal effort required, and you know you can rely on them to always fit in all the right places (and skim right over the less right ones). And with us all having a few pairs of go-to skinnies in our wardrobe, the real question is: what to wear with skinny jeans? You might have all the basics you need to wear with your skinny jeans, but do you have the new season essentials to give your skinny jeans that all-important trend update? From an essential oversized shirt, to those romantic tops and wear-everywhere boots, we’ve rounded up the 9 not-so-basic basics that your skinny jeans have been waiting for.

Olivia Palermo wearing blue skinny jeans with a white cami top and blazer.

1. A Classic Blazer

If you ever find yourself questioning what to wear with skinny jeans, then a classic blazer is always a good choice. A blazer is an essential in every woman’s wardrobe and it can be styled with skinny jeans in a multitude of ways. Whether you keep it professional like Olivia Palermo by pairing your skinny jeans with a white blazer, T-shirt and some flat pumps or you like to dress your blazer and skinny jeans up with a bodysuit and heels, you’ll quickly realise how versatile a blazer is and wonder how you ever lived without one.

Meghan Markle wearing a white top with blue skinny jeans at an event with Prince Harry.

2. An Essential Oversized Shirt

There’s nothing we love more than an oversized shirt…except maybe an oversized shirt when it’s paired with skinny jeans. An oversized shirt is a wardrobe essential that we can’t live without. Meghan Markle has long been an advocate for the oversized shirt and skinny jeans combo, and we can see why. She shows us how simple it is to wear – it looks great for a day in the office with a pair of heels thrown on, but it also looks equally as great with a pair of white trainers.

Gigi Hadid wearing a denim shirt with a pair of dark blue skinny jeans.

3. Denim on Denim

Denim on denim may be a little daunting for some, but a basic denim shirt and jeans ensemble is a super simple way to give your skinny jeans an on-trend update. A denim shirt is an easy-to-wear basic and looks great buttoned up and tucked into your skinnies as shown by Gigi Hadid. Or you can unbutton it and wear it with a basic white tee underneath.

What to wear with black skinny jeans, as seen on Kylie Minogue.

4. A Go-To White Trainer

If you don’t already own a pair of white trainers, then we’re not sure how you’ve been surviving all this time! A white trainer is a wardrobe essential that goes with absolutely everything all year round. They’re also the perfect go-to shoe to wear with skinny jeans. As the season changes, take inspiration from Kylie Minogue and pair your classic black skinnies with a pair of chunky white trainers, an oversized knit and a bucket bag.

Girl wearing a white top, black blazer, grey skinny jeans and grey boots.

5. An On-Trend Belt

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about what to wear with skinny jeans, but an on-trend belt is the not-so-basic basic that every woman needs to update her skinny jeans. If you love a bit of sparkle then a diamanté belt is the perfect way to add a bit of bling to your look, or you can keep it simple and stylish with a chunky western-style belt. Either way, if belts aren’t something that you have been reaching for in the past, you now won’t be able to go out without wrapping one around your waist now.

What tops to wear with skinny jeans as seen on Maya Jama.

6. A Pretty Top

Now we all know that we need more than one nice top (preferably a whole drawer full of them) for those all-important jeans and a nice top combinations. Whether it’s a night out with the girls or a pub lunch, skinny jeans and a nice top are always a good idea as Maya Jama shows us. So get adding all those pretty tops to your basket and into your drawer full of essentials to wear with your skinny jeans.

What boots to wear with skinny jeans as seen on Jourdan Dunn.

7. Where-Everywhere Ankle Boots

If you’re ever unsure about what boots to wear with skinny jeans, then the humble wear-everywhere ankle boot is always a good choice. They’re an essential to your A/W wardrobe and come in a variety of styles. From western, to biker, to a classic sock boot, no matter where you’re going and whatever the occasion, you can always find the perfect ankle boot to wear with your skinny jeans to give you a chic and on-trend look.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wearing a white top, black blazer and skinny jeans.

8. Some Statement Heels

Skinny jeans and a pair of statement heels are a duo that goes hand-in-hand. If you’re ever stuck on what to wear for a night out, know that you can rely on trusty skinny jeans and a nice top with some statement heels to finish the look off. Keep it chic like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and pair your skinny jeans and heels ensemble with an oversized shirt, blazer and some statement sunglasses.

Hailey Bieber wearing white jumper with blue skinny jeans.

9. Ready-To-Go Knits

It may be scorching hot right now, but with A/W approaching we all know that, in great British fashion, the current heatwave will feel long gone in no time at all and you’re likely closer to wearing your knitwear than you might first think. So it’s best to get your wardrobe A/W ready with all those knitted essentials before the temperature drops. This season, in true 90s fashion, the cardigan is back and we couldn’t be happier about it. A cardi looks great styled with skinny jeans as shown by Hailey Bieber and you can dress it up with heels or keep casual with boots or trainers.